Tweed Tigers take on Ballina and Byron


Tweed Tigers under 14s play the Bombers in Ballina

The Tweed Tigers had a big weekend in Aussie Rules football – all teams travelled south for their events.

Under 9s

Looking to continue their sensational late-season form, Tweed Black ventured down the freeway to the picturesque Schultz Oval at Bangalow to take on archrivals the Byron Magpies. With morning fog came a heavy dew and greasy conditions for the start of this much-anticipated encounter between two of the league’s most talented and entertaining teams.

The Tweed Tigers started well, kicking two early goals with Kai Davis, Tyler Maloney and Raff Morrison teaming well in the middle and providing Oskar Scholz with multiple scoring opportunities. The Magpies lifted in the second term and continually peppered the goals; however, several snaps unfortunately hit the woodwork, keeping Tweed in the game at half-time.

Charlie Elliott continued his brilliant first-half form racking further possessions and kicking two important goals for the Tigers in the second half. Fergus George and Jacob Dittko were outstanding in defence in the final term as the Tigers finished the game strongly. Spectators cheered at the final siren after witnessing one of the most entertaining and evenly contested games of the season.

Tweed Black are again on the road this Sunday as they take on Ballina at Brunswick Heads.


Under 10s

On the weekend the Tweed Coast Tigers made the trip to Bangalow to take on the Tigers archrival the Byron Magpies. These two sides have had some great battles over the past years and today was going to be a very big test for the young undermanned Tigers.

The game was played at a very frantic pace with both teams getting their fair share of football. The well-coached and very skillful Byron side made the most of their scoring opportunities and quickly got on the scoreboard.

The Tigers’ defence was under a lot of pressure as the ball came in quickly to Byron’s forward line and, to their credit, they repelled time and time again. The Tweed Tigers’ midfielders did a great job in the centre clearances and the team had some very good passages of play.

There were some great efforts all over the ground and the boys fought it out until the final siren, which they can be very proud of.

Jett Stocker won the Scoop Gelateria Man of the Match and Ethan Newbon continued his rich vein of form that he has been in over the past few weeks to take home the Coach’s Team Player Medal.


Under 12s

The weekend’s match was played between the Tweed Coast Tigers and the Byron Magpies at Bangalow. It was always going to be the hardest-fought game of the season to date in a battle of the two top teams in the under-12s competition.

Tweed started strongly in slippery conditions to convert two goals while Byron posted one goal seconds before the quarter-time siren. The two teams continued to battle it out in a highly skilled and physical encounter with neither team giving an inch. Byron had the better of Tweed in the third quarter and, while Tweed posted a late goal in the last, went down by nine points.

Final scores: Tweed 4–4–28 to Byron 5–7–37

The Scoop Gelateria Man of the Match went to our centre man Jack Robson, who cleared the ball from centre bounces on numerous occasions. Other consistent contributors over four quarters were Ethan Sekac and Hayden van Beest on the half backline along with Mason Rhodes on the wing. Goal kickers were: Jake Tighe (2), Callum Opperman and Matthew Lambert (1 each).

Coach, officials and parents alike were extremely proud of the determination and sportsmanship shown by these young Tigers. With only two games to go before finals, the Tigers are confident that they have the team to go all the way!


Under 14s

The Tweed Coast Tigers took on the top-of-the-table Ballina Bombers at Fripp Oval in Ballina. In the first quarter the Tweed Coast Tigers came out full of promise, with some excellent teamwork and attack at the ball. Although the Bombers scored four goals in the first quarter, Harry Keenan managed to snap a good goal on his right foot about 15 metres out to keep the Tigers in the game.

At quarter time the Tigers realised that they had the capacity to run with the Bombers, but they needed to translate this into actions on the field. In the second quarter Oscar Clarke was dominant in the ruck and around the clearances, and Jake Pluckrose was sensational at full back, taking some very strong overhead marks and clearing the ball out of defence. The Bombers were, however, up to the task and managed to quickly accumulate goals.

wp-Under14svBallina280713-2At half time, the Bombers were well ahead despite some strong work around the ground by Elliot Hawkins, with support from Connor McDowell and Will Luff. The third quarter contained few highlights for the Tigers, except for a very strong mark by Gus in the centre of the ground. Unfortunately, in the processing of marking the ball, Gus twisted his knee and was unable to continue in the last quarter.

At three-quarter time, the Tigers were asked by the coaching team to get two goals. The boys rose to the challenge with a spontaneous goal from Micah Margieson, his first of the season, and a long goal from Oscar Clarke. There were a few other opportunities that the Tigers were unlucky not to capitalise on.

In the end the Ballina Bombers were convincing winners, scoring 19–7–121 to Tweed Coast Tigers 3–3–21. Goal kickers for Tweed were Harry, Micah and Oscar.




Tweed Tigers take on Ballina and Byron

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